One year later: Sandpoint byway impact

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 7:01 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- About one year ago a byway opened in Sandpoint, Idaho that stopped all drivers from having to drive through the middle of downtown, leaving some concerned about local businesses.

Before the byway, there was no way to go around downtown Sandpoint, leaving logging trucks and semi-trucks carrying livestock driving through town.

One business owner said the byway has not affected her business and looked forward to having the byway.

"I don't feel it has hurt our business one bit, in fact I think it has helped," said Carol Coats, owner of Flatpick Earl. 
 
The Downtown Sandpoint Business Association Manager said the town is safer with the bypass and it has helped tourism by giving people a better view of the waterfront.

"It showcases our town in a way that has never been the case before," said Downtown Sandpoint Business Association Manager Marcy Timblin.

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